Do you wish for fresh inspiration? Some tasty dinner ideas for fall? Look no further. Check out this ultimate list of meals for dinner to make your fall meal planning easier.
Whether you have a craving for a savory Slow Cooker Beef Stew with Mushrooms and Olives or a simple dinner of Game Day Appetizers, keeping a list of meals for dinner that you know your family loves is always a winning strategy. Start your list today for easy meal planning over the coming months.
Fall has arrived! And with it, there’s a decided change of pace — and of taste!
The sparkling beverages and light meals that were oh-so-appealing just a few weeks ago don’t seem so enticing now that the days are shortening and a chill has hit the air.
Bring on the warm cuppa and the hearty main dishes!
As your days start to fill up and fall into a rhythm, you may feel the need to reestablish some regular, no brainer meal plans, especially geared toward this season.
One thing that can really speed up your meal planning is the practice of dinner theme nights and keeping a list of meals for dinner that you can draw on in the coming weeks. When you start cataloging your family favorites, meal planning is a snap.
Why It Matters
It saves time. When you keep a list of favorite meal ideas, you don’t have to wander around the house asking people what they want for dinner. Meal planning is as simple as selecting a few different themes to plan your week around and choosing recipes you know are already approved.
It saves money. Keeping a catalog of favorite meals can help you identify which pantry staples to keep on hand. Not only will this save you time, but it can also save you money since you’ll often have whatever you need in the cupboard all ready.
Consider these fall recipes to add to your list of meals for dinner.
Soups, Stews, and Chilis
Soup is good food. As are stews and chilis. They are easy to prepare, can be made with pantry staples and even leftovers, and they easily stretch to feed a crowd.
While Soup Night may be greeted with the one side eye if you’ve got a picky eater, there’s no reason to wimp out when it comes to serving soup, a filling and healthy meal that is cheap and easy to pull off.
That said, there’s a whole world of soups, stews, and chilis to explore with your people.
Add some of these tried and true favorites to your list of meals for dinner:
Fall marks the signal of game days, game nights, and games all the live-long-day. If your people are sports fans, then you really need to pay better attention to the day of the week, especially when you’re meal planning.
While you can’t plan game day food Sunday, Monday, AND Thursday, you might want to plan for at least one meal that caters to game watching.
Consider something easily portable, not too messy, kind of on the munchy side of things. And if you aren’t football fans, don’t sweat it. These are good eats regardless!
Most kids really do love pasta. And so should parents! It’s easy, it’s cheap, it’s filling.
Even better you can customize it to suit your preferences at the same time as allow the children their simpler tastes. Make one batch of noodles and then vary the toppings and sauces. A Pasta Salad Bar is super easy to do.
Here are some favorite pasta dishes to add to your list of meals for dinner:
It’s been awhile since you’ve really hunkered down with casseroles, hasn’t it? Thank goodness for fall when it’s totally appropriate to serve “hot dish” for supper.
One-dish meals full of flavor? Yes, please! I think it’s time to whip up a bunch for the freezer!
Casseroles are comfort food that is easy to make ahead and freeze. Make several at once to stash away for later. And you can even take a meal to friends.
Consider adding these delicious casseroles to your list of meals for dinner:
While spring and summer are apt times to serve a cold sandwich bar, you might want to heat things up with hot sandwiches.
Whether you grill up burgers or steak or cook up a sandwich filling in the slow cooker or instant pot, having a hot filling can make sandwiches a lot more fun in the fall months.
Try these out and see what makes the list:
Homemade pizza is incredibly easy to prepare, perfect for Friday nights. Making pizza at home is not rocket science and is sure to be a not-to-be-missed meal on the calendar.
One of the best things going for pizza — besides the fact that it’s PIZZA! — is that you can top it with little bits of leftover meat, veg, and cheese from other meals throughout the week. It’s a perfect catch-all supper.
Be sure to include a weekly pizza night to your list of meals for dinner:
It may be hard to say goodby to summer, but it’s great to say hello to fall — particularly when there are so many tasty dinner ideas to make the most of the season.
The slow cooker, while a year-round friend, is particularly welcome when cooler temps arrive since braises and hearty meat dishes can warm us up. There’s a whole host of cheap crock pot meals to include in your list of go-to dinners.
Share your faves!
What’s on your list of meals for dinner? Drop a comment below and share what’s a favorite meal of yours for fall.
This post was originally published on September 18, 2011. It has been updated for content and clarity.